How To Be A Great Parent

3 Parenting Essentials Did you have a great father growing up? Was your mother perfect? Are you a good parent, intentional and aware of how you’re raising your kids?  — If you are like me, your parents were far from perfect.  — If you are like me, you’re realizing that you have much less control of how … Read more

change: going the distance

The Distance: A Song About Change

for Julian upon his high school graduation in 2010, from Mom from the Out of the Grey project, A Little Light Left The sun sets as we drive the Trace I’ll never forget this side of your face It’s not the same as it was So much has changed since I met you   We … Read more

finding freedom from judgment

I’m Worse Than You Think!

Finding Freedom from Judgment A Christian pastor announced he had decided to stop worrying about what others thought of him. He needed freedom from judgment. He chose to be honest with himself and say, “If people are judging me, they’re probably right. In fact, I am worse than they think I am.” Recently, a friend … Read more

finding freedom to change

Butterflies Inside

“Finding Freedom to Change” I feel myself on the edge of better things Close to giving all my wishes wings Change for some comes fast and furious For me it’s slow and hidden in the chrysalis In this song, I sing about change as something that comes quickly for some but slowly for me, like the slow changes … Read more

sweet white dog

I Wanted My Dog Dead

“But I’m Finding Compassion Instead” I’ve threatened to kill Luna. I’ve cursed her name. I’ve smacked her on the butt a few times in her life. Oh, and maybe kicked her lightly once as she went out the door. Luna is the family dog. Throughout the 13 years of her life with us, she has … Read more

Tell Your Story: Song Lyrics

Tell Your Story by Christine Dente from Out of the Grey: “6.1” Round and round the thoughts keep coming Through your head like water running ‘Til the sink begins to overflow So you run to shut it off Pull the plug, forget it all But the tears leave stains upon the floor Everybody’s got a … Read more

christine dente wonders what you want her to write about

What Do You Want From Me?

I have been writing and posting on this site for many years now. In reviewing past posts and planning for the future, I am wondering what you’d like to hear from me: More of the same or less, please? A little of this and a little of that? However you say it, say it here … Read more

finding finding freedom: woman floating down a river

Closer to Free

“Finding Freedom To Be” I remember the day I became a slave to my face.     I was nine and taking some visiting kids on a tour of my elementary school. I don’t remember the occasion. All I know is that a teacher chose responsible me to lead and I was up for the … Read more

dust cover

Every Day the Dust Comes Back

Every day the dust comes back. I see it first thing in a slant of sunlight. The dust has returned despite yesterday’s efforts. Grabbing my cleaning supplies, I begin again to remove the thin film on furniture and floors. The hood over the stove is the worst. Grease mixed with the stuff of dust makes … Read more

About Christine


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Hi! I’m Christine Dente. I am a writer and a singer/songwriter.
I am a God-pursuer and a Jesus-follower.

Someone once said that “we write our own medicine.” That’s what I have been doing most of my life with songs and with prose.

  • I try to draw beauty out of the grey shadows of life,
    • trace the shape of grace in childhood traumas,
      • find lifelines of hope in everyday dramas, and
        • share the things I’ve learned along the road.

I grew up on Horseshoe Road in rural Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I spent much of my childhood negotiating the rocky places in my parents’ relationship and the effects of their eventual divorce. Shaped by American culture and family dysfunction, I developed the skills I needed to survive and thrive in my high school years and beyond. Some of those skills needed dismantling when they wore out their usefulness. Some have made me what I am today.

In 1985, I met Scott Dente at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
We graduated and married in 1987, moving to Nashville, Tennessee, a year later.

Armed with 2 cats and a guitar, we took on the music business and became recording artists 2 years later.

As Out of the Grey, Scott and I had the privilege of writing, recording, and performing our music as we were raising our family. You can find out more about Out of the Grey here.

After years of homeschooling and touring, our 3 children grew up and out of the house.
With more time on my hands, I let my thoughts and memories stretch their legs and take their turn in the journey.
I get to write books, blogs, and music.
I get to work on my issues with fear and faith.
I can discover some freedom in getting older.

This is where you find me.

May the words of my medicine and the meditations of my heart inspire and encourage you on your own journey!
Thanks for listening,


Books by Christine Dente


Christine's 5-Song EP

Christine on Amazon

Out of the Grey on Amazon


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